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A Flaming Passion: Ex-miner Creates Everyday Replicas with Matches

Janusz Urbanski has a one of a kind chessboard he never plays, a personalized guitar he does not strum and a boat he cannot sail. Why? They are all made from tens of thousands of matches. For the last 40 years, the former Polish miner and ironworker has harbored a passion to build replicas of objects, buildings and famous sites with just matchsticks and glue. The 60-year-old's home in Ruda Slaska, a small town in Poland's southern Silesia region, is filled with such sculptures...

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